Why Should You Take This Course?
Mathematics in Context is designed for students that want to carry on studying mathematics beyond GCSE, but in a more contextual manner than the traditional A Level. All the mathematics studied is applied to real-life scenarios across a diverse range of topics, and will support the mathematical skills you need for your other subjects.
Statistics: You will learn how to represent and interpret data. You'll also learn how to use calculators and spreadsheet software to work with large data sets. This has applications in biology, sociology, and geography.
Probability: You will learn how to calculate and interpret the chances of different events happening. This has applications in psychology, geology and economics.
Linear Programming: You will learn how to achieve the best outcome for a problem given conditions. This has wide applications in business studies, where linear programming is used to solve many business decisions.
Sequences and Growth: You will learn how to understand growth and make predictions about future events, for example in populations or financial accounts. This has applications in finance, geography, and the sciences.
How will I be assessed?
The course is entirely assessed through two 100-minute examinations. The first exam, ‘Comprehension', involves answering questions on two real-life scenarios from a data set that will be available and studied before the exam. The second exam, ‘Applications', is a more traditional exam paper where you can demonstrate the mathematical and problem solving skills you have developed.
Are there any special expenses?
You will need a natural-display scientific calculator with statistics mode.
What could I do next?
You will have demonstrated the mathematical understanding and problem solving skills required for a broad range of subjects available to study at university, including: accountancy, biology, business studies, economics, geology, geography, IT, management, psychology and sports science.